This is the first full-length release for Amsterdam-based DJ/producer Shinedoe on her own Intacto label. True to its name, she has chosen a broad sound for No Boundaries -- one that is always focused on the dancefloor and is never predictable. This record can be seen as the yellow-bricked road right through all the sounds that defined her DJ sets in the past years. The result is a record where rhythmic tracks fluently take turns with organic-sounding jam sessions -- warm and jazzy, deep and funky. "Below" starts it all off with an irresistible minimal groove, a tempting bass line and a warm, soothing synth. "Bounce To This" features a more funk-influenced house sound, just waiting to rock dancefloors around the globe. "Jazz it Up" is a track like you've never heard from Shinedoe, but it leaves you concluding, "why not?" Deep drum rolls build around a funky housebeat and saxophone sample in an almost hypnotizing groove -- just try to stand still for this one. "Finding A Balance" also shows a side of Shinedoe we didn't know before -- it's as if she gave the extremely rhythmic productions from her past a stylish, deep house twist. "No Boundaries" showcases her first collaboration with a vocalist -- guest of honor on this unadulterated oldskool house track is Bumpy, aka Mr. J. On "Higher," produced under her Innersphere alias, we can hear Shinedoe doing what she does best: subtle percussion and airy piano-loops put together in an inevitable dancefloor bomb. With the atmospheric closing-piece "Just For Us," she underlines her border-crossing ambition; warm, jazzy grooves jut against headstrong minimal techno. A brilliant and accomplished release from one of dance music's most organic and future-minded producers.
SMITH & MUDD
Smith & Mudd's sophmore effort brings a longplayer which continues on that deep Balearic vibe, with 10 tracks that range from ambient to deep house to Ashra-vibed guitars. Psyche-balearic anyone?
As with the first album there’s more to Smith & Mudd than a few pretty deep house tracks. Hot cuts like "GENOA," "THE WAITING," "WEM," and "LITTLE MILLIE" weave a journey that is the perfect cafe del mar soundtrack.